Number of Times Seen – Twice (2 Aug 1990 and 17 May 2018)
Brief Synopsis – A Jew is Czarist Russia is arrested for a crime he didn’t commit and does all he can to try and find a way to freedom both physically and spiritually.
My Take on it – The first time I saw this film was on a hot August day nearly thirty years ago mere hours before we heard about a small invasion by an Iraqi dictator on his rich neighboring country.
As a 16 year old, I didn’t understand this film as well as I dis now and that says so much about how we each evolve over the years.
This film does a wonderful job showing how natural cruelty can affect certain cultures on both sides just via baseless hatred.
Alan Bates is great in the title role and we get to see how much his character evolves over the course of the film due to the amount of persecution he endures.
I really enjoyed the way that this film touched me on a personal level because the story itself shows that even when people try to escape their own heritage, it isn’t as easy as they might think.
This film also manages to show how an imprisoned man can try to find ways to escape both his physical and spiritual imprisonment while still trying to stay true to his own self no matter the cost.
Bottom Line – Great story that is able to show the natural cruelty of certain cultures. Bates does a wonderful job showing how his character can evolve so much over the course of the story no matter how much he is persecuted. From a personal perspective, this story shows how difficult it could be for someone to escape their heritage no matter how hard they try to do so. The message about staying true to yourself and your principals no matter the cost is a great one that is a timeless one. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Page ninety-six of Steve Martin’s memoir “Born Standing Up”, relates a story in which Dalton Trumbo’s daughter tells Martin: “He has a screenplay due in four days, and he hasn’t started in yet.” This is in reference to her father writing this movie at the last minute. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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